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Top 10: Isolated Bass Week, New School, David Ellefson Interview and the Top New Basses

Last week, we celebrated the greatest instrument ever with our Isolated Bass Week series. This was a major hit, with some legendary bass tracks from Paul McCartney, Geddy Lee, John Entwistle, Wilton Felder, John Paul Jones, Chris Squire and James Jamerson, isolated in all their glory. They all made the top ten, so we included them all for the #1 slot.

The most popular gear features of the week included new basses from Warwick and Framus and Pete Skjold’s Skjoldslayer bass took the Bass of the Week honors.

Bassist Eric Czar gave us the scoop on his exciting style in our latest New School interview, and David Ellefson shared his busy life with us in our exclusive interview.

Check out those and the rest of the top 10 most read features on No Treble for the week of April 15 – 21, 2012.

Isolated Bass Week

1. Isolated Bass Week

Legendary bass tracks from Paul McCartney, Geddy Lee, John Entwistle, Wilton Felder, John Paul Jones, Chris Squire and James Jamerson, isolated in all their glory…

Warwick Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Limited Edition Streamer Bass

2. Warwick Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Limited Edition Streamer Bass

In 1982, Warwick opened up shop in Germany as a boutique company and launched their flagship Streamer bass. Thirty years later, the company is celebrating with the Streamer LTD 2012 Warwick 30th Anniversary Bass. Limited to 75 pieces, the bass is said to “represent the soul of Warwick.” Made in Germany, the Anniversary bass’s body…

Framus Reissues Vintage 5/150 Star Bass

3. Framus Reissues Vintage 5/150 Star Bass

New for 2012 is the Framus Vintage 5/150 Star Bass, a reissued version of their classic model from the ’50s made famous by Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman. The bass oozes retro vibes with a single cutaway body made of laminated maple for the sides and top with a laminated AAA flamed maple back, a…

Esperanza Spalding: “Crowned & Kissed”, Live on the Daily Show

4. Esperanza Spalding: “Crowned & Kissed”, Live on the Daily Show

Esperanza Spalding made a stop on the Daily Show recently, and closed out the show with “Crowned & Kissed”, one of the tracks on the bassist’s new album, Radio Music Society. We’ve been fans for Jon Stewart for some time, but we had no idea he was an air bassist. We love how Esperanza breaks…

Bass of the Week: Skjold Design Guitars’ Skjoldslayer

5. Bass of the Week: Skjold Design Guitars’ Skjoldslayer

This week we take a look at the Skjoldslayer by Skjold Design Guitars, which luthier Pete Skjold came up with the design as a take on one of his singlecut models. “The Skjoldslayer came about after the Damian Erskine Whaleback,” Skjold explains. “I basically made a doublecut version and that was the inspiration for it….

New School: Eric Czar

6. New School: Eric Czar

Eric Czar has been wowing bass lovers on YouTube with his phenomenal compositions and arrangements. Often overdubbing several instruments, Czar isn’t scared to step out and play on a 7-string bass, strung E to Bb. We caught up with this exciting bassist to get the story behind what makes him want to push the boundaries…

Following the Singer: A Guide to Dealing with Rhythmically Challenged Vocalists

7. Following the Singer: A Guide to Dealing with Rhythmically Challenged Vocalists

Q: What do you recommend when you’re tasked with accompanying a seriously rhythm-challenged vocalist? I was both music director and bassist for a recent musical review, with our band backing up a variety of vocalists. Two talented singers passed the audition with their carefully prepared selections, but with new show music, we discovered some serious…

Amanda Ruzza Releases Debut Album, “This Is What Happened”

8. Amanda Ruzza Releases Debut Album, “This Is What Happened”

No Treble readers will likely remember composer/bassist Amanda Ruzza, who wowed us all with her performance of “Confirmation” back in 2010. The bassist has just released her debut album, This Is What Happened. Born in Brazil and currently based in New York, Ruzza brings jazz, Brazilian grooves, and hard funk together on the seven-track record…

Bringing the Past Forward: An Interview With David Ellefson

9. Bringing the Past Forward: An Interview With David Ellefson

For nearly 30 years, David Ellefson has been a dominating force in the world of metal bass. As a founding member of Megadeth, he’s toured the world, been nominated for 7 Grammys, and has continued to inspire the bass community. His Rock Shop series of instructional videos on YouTube has been an informative ride for…

App Review: David Ellefson Rock Shop

10. App Review: David Ellefson Rock Shop

A little over three years ago, bassist David Ellefson launched his Rock Shop series of informative videos on YouTube, focusing on “all things music, all things music business, and all things that rock.” Now, the Megadeth low-ender has teamed up with Pocketlabworks to launch the David Ellefson Rock Shop App, a bass and guitar amp…